Build Urban is heating it up… or down

September 21st, 2015 | 3 comments

Fall is in the air! Sidewalk strolls are crisp with crunch-crunching leaves, pumpkin is perpetually on tap, and wool-cozied necks are craning for a warm spot to hunker down. At Build Urban we believe the ultimate hunker down spot should be your home. As much as we love our wool socks, in a Build Urban home, you can feel free to kick ’em off and still keep that radiating “coze”.

Raidant heat floor heating was first re-integrated in modern American homes by Frank Lloyd Wright in the late 1930’s. Wright buried copper piping beneath the floors of his Usonian homes and heated them with hot water. With a radiant floor heating system, heat radiates from hot water tubes beneath the floor. The waves of thermal radiation rise from the tubes beneath the floor, they warm up any objects they contact, which in turn, radiate that captured heat . In a radiant set up, the air temperature of a room stays constant, but you remain warm because the surrounding surfaces you are in contact with are not stealing body heat. Wright’s system failed in popularity when the copper pipes began to corrode and people abandoned the method. Modern radiant floor systems use what is known as Pex tubing. Pex is specially treated polyethylene that won’t corrode and can be installed in long runs with a minimal amount of fittings to avoid leaks.Radiant-Heating-Diagram-Sustainability-Workshop-Remodelistajpg

The sheer joy of Radiant:

  • It’s a highly efficient way to heat a house, AND it reduces energy costs!
    With a forced air system heat blasts out in the room at 100 plus degrees, only to rise to the ceiling, cool down, and blanket you with a hot head and feet of ice. With a radiant system, warm air still rises, but evenly over the enitre floor so the coolest air is hovering at the ceiling, not your toes. Depending on how well your home is insulated, radiant floor heating can be up to 30% more efficent than forced-air heating.


  • Aesthetically, its very attractive! well, it’s invisible. Invisible is the new cool when it comes to heat.
    Have you ever gotten in a shouting war with your guests just trying to talk over the heater blasting, or ran around your house looking for the most fire retardant furniture to hide all those ugly base board heaters? Fear no more. Radiant systems are buried underneath your floor for a nice, sleek invisible look. And, they are completely hush hush. This is possible because the system circulates water from a boiler or water heater through loops of 1/2-inch polyethylene tubing. The tubes can be installed either on top of the subfloor in grooved panels or snap-in grids; embedded in poured concrete; or clipped ­into aluminum strips on the underside of the floor. You can then cover it with hardwood, tile, or other finish flooring. Carpet, might be a mute point, especially if it has thick padding as it would insulate most of the heat and render the system more or less ineffective.


The deep disappointment of radiant:

  • You won’t have any need for all those cool wool socks.
  • You thought getting out of bed was hard. Psh, now you’ll be dragging your warm little feet all the way out the door.


Want to see a radiant system in action? Drop by a Build Urban home today. And leave your socks at home.

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